The Charm and Conviction of a Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, “The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-1985” (1985) (all images courtesy the Centre Pompidou; photo by Wolfgang Volz)

PARIS — At the heart of Christo and Jeanne-Claude – Paris!, on view at the Centre Pompidou, is a film documenting the couple’s wrapping of the Pont Neuf in 1985. During one of many public forums held in advance of the event, a man questions its significance, asking “What is it worth if it’s only temporary, if nothing remains?” Responding with equal parts charm and conviction, Christo counters that the project is permanent, since “an experience can never be taken away.” And, as this exhibition illustrates, in fact, a great deal is left behind.

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